3.12.09

MOOT Innovators : Ottawa's got talent

Wall flower Umbra by Marion Lanktree

Here's another proof that Ottawa's got talent. If you've been to Phillip Van Leewen or Zone in the Market, you've probably already seen these wall flowers. Created as jewelery for the wall, these magnetic flowers were created by Ottawa native Marion Lanktree. Upon graduation she was discovered by Umbra during a students' end-of-year showcase and her product has been in the market for the past two years. They come in white, black, green, yellow and pink and are a great addition to plain walls.

Wall flower Umbra by Marion Lanktree

The concept is very simple. They come with a push pin that can be inserted into a wall and each flower has a magnet that attaches to it (As shown below)
Wall flower Umbra by Marion Lanktree

By looking at people's comments and reviews of the product online, it's easy to see that there's something very positive about her design: It seems to make people happy. It's a very powerful thing that can be done with good design. And her product is now used in spaces all around the world. It's interesting to see how various people use it in their homes. Here are a few examples:

This one is by Flickr member kimhas7cats (for now)
Wall flower Umbra by Marion Lanktree

These are from bloggers young house love
Wall flower Umbra by Marion Lanktree
Wall flower Umbra by Marion Lanktree

I also had one of my clients use the flowers in her daughter's bedroom, although at that time I didn't know it was a Canadian product.
Wall flower Umbra by Marion Lanktree M2JL Studio Modern kid bedroom pink
Wall flower Umbra by Marion Lanktree M2JL Studio Modern kid bedroom pink

It's always great to see people succeeding in design and I think it's important in Ottawa to recognize their work, specially when they're world renowned! I'll keep adding them as I find them.

photos : At Home with Kim Vallée | M2JL STUDIO | lindsey f | kimhas7cats (for now) | young house love

2 comments:

  1. I LOVE this product, so glad to see it doing well. Another Ottawa boy done good is Umbra's Matt Carr (he's in this months Style at Home) ............it's so nice to see we have such great local talent.

    Great pics.

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  2. Thanks for the info Janis. I'll take a look at his work.

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